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A Guide to the Cotswolds

After living and working in the Cotswolds for X years, we like to believe we are local experts on what to see, do, and most importantly, our knowledge on the holiday market is second to none.

If you’re not sure if this is the area you’d like to invest in, then have a read of the below or call us on 01285 861839 for more information.


Peak and Off-Peak Seasons

Unlike abroad where there are some distinct peak and off-peak seasons, the Cotswolds isn’t dictated by seasons and makes an exceptional holiday at any time of the year. That being said, the more seemingly busy seasons are summer, due to the school holidays, and winter due to the magic of the Cotswolds at Christmas time.

However, as a result of the medley of events regularly taking place throughout the year in the Cotswolds, it’s not uncommon for accommodation to fill up during spring and autumn too.


What is the main attraction?

Spread out across 40 square miles and with more than 150 lakes, the Cotswold Water Park is a section of the Cotswolds that strengthens tourism in the area with a diverse range of businesses offering accommodation, leisure activities, food and drink.

Around the lakes, you will find activities to cater for all including water sports, a man-made beach, fishing, walking and cycling paths and more. The Cotswold Water Park can be seen as the perfect hub for guests to stay in the Cotswolds with all the amenities so local as well as easy access to all other areas of the Cotswolds.


What Brings People to the Area?

As Cotswold enthusiasts, this is something we could talk for hours about, but in a nutshell, here are just some of the sought-after attractions and events that we find brings holiday makers to the Cotswolds time and time again.

Local Attractions:

  • Highgrove: Offering picturesque walking tours around the Royal Gardens owned by Prince Charles.
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park: One of the UK’s largest wildlife parks and most exciting gardens.
  • Westonbirt: A charming tree garden with nature from all over the world.
  • Blenheim Palace: A World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough.
  • Sudley Castle: A noble castle surrounded by acers of beautiful gardens and a regular host of family events.
  • Corinium Museum: A nationally-important collection of Roman remains, many of which are locally found.

Big annual events:

  • Cheltenham Races: Annual horse racing event bringing in people, celebrities and Royals from all over.
  • Christmas Markets: You can find the infamously beautiful Christmas markets all over the Cotswolds from late November annually.
  • Cheltenham Jazz Festival: One of the UK’s leading Jazz festivals which takes place every year.
  • Royal Air Tattoo: One of the world’s largest military air show held annually every July in Fairford.
  • Lechlade music festival: A family friendly music festival taking place in Lechlade over 3 days each year.
  • Autumnal walks at Westonbirt and Batsford: The sensational gardens in the Cotswolds often host special events at in autumn to make a spectacle of the autumnal walks that people visit at this time of year for.
  • Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light: A sound and light show designed around the castle every December – a truly magical experience.

Accessible Areas

The location of the Cotswolds is rather central in the South of the UK offering guests easy access to bigger cities outside of the area as well as all the local villages in the area.

Some of the bigger cities within an hour drive:

  • Cheltenham – 40 minute drive
  • Bath – 1 hour drive
  • Tetbury –20 minute drive
  • Cirencester – 20 minute drive
  • Bristol – 1 hour drive
  • Gloucester – 40 minute drive
  • All the local villages

Why should I invest in the Cotswolds over other areas?

As the UK’s largest area of outstanding natural beauty, tourism in the Cotswold is on the rise with more people, including celebrities and royals, congregating to the area to invest in properties.

As well as the sheer beauty of every season, the history and culture simply cannot be replicated, and there are museums and landmarks scattered all over to learn more about it.

The locals also differ to those in neighbouring towns with small independents being at the heart numerous communities. Local businesses including cafes and restaurants are very accommodating to the thousands of dog walkers, hikers, cyclists and families that flood to the area each year.

Many describe the Cotswolds as the perfect balance of a countryside break and city break which makes it the ideal place for a staycation.


Get in Touch

If you want to speak to us about investing in holiday property in the Cotswolds, give us a call on 01285 861839.